The Bonmont Sale - Collectors' Motor Cars including a Private Collection of Supercars
29 Sep 2019 - Cheserex, Switzerland
New World Record Set for a Lamborghini at Auction
Bonhams made a successful return to Switzerland today, Sunday 29 September, with The Bonmont Sale, raising more than CHF 23,400,000 for charity, from the sale of the much anticipated 'Supercar Collection' – 25 supercars, hypercars and luxury motor cars.
The star of this collection, an ultra-rare Lamborghini Veneno, was sold for a remarkable CHF 8,280,000, a world record auction price for the marque.
Taking place in the picturesque and exclusive surroundings of the historic 12th century abbey at the Bonmont Golf and Country Club, the auction of the Supercar Collection opened the first Bonhams sale to take place in Switzerland for more than 10 years, which realised a total of CHF 36,700,000, with an impressive sale rate of 86 per cent.
The sale attracted interest from collectors and enthusiasts from around the world and it was 'standing room' only in the deconsecrated abbey which served as the Bonhams sale room.
Lot 20, the 2014 Lamborghini Veneno, was truly the highlight of the sale, with the opening bid of CHF 3 million drawing a collective gasp from the audience. There followed nearly seven nail-biting minutes. With initially six active bidders, it resulted in a two-way bidding battle, with the successful bidder, a private collector, buying the coveted roadster (one of only nine), considered the 'ultimate' Lamborghini, for CHF 8,280,000.
Other stand-out performers from The Supercar Collection, which had a 100 per cent sale rate, included:
2014 Koenigsegg One:1 One of just six cars produced by the Swedish manufacturer, which had covered just 597 km, which realised CHF 4,600,000.
c.2015 Ferrari - LaFerrari A 1000 km example of the Formula 1 and GT-inspired model, which achieved CHF 2,185,000.
2011 Aston Martin One-77 The 35th of a 77-car production run of Aston Martin's flagship carbon fibre and aluminium hypercar realised CHF 1,552,500.
c.2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 A 3000 km example of the French produced Veyron, named after racing driver Pierre, achieved CHF 1,311,000.
The Supercar Collection was offered for sale without reserve by the State of Geneva, who are donating the proceeds to charity.
However, the Bonmont Sale was not only a 'supercar sweep'. Over 70 classic and collectors' cars represented an international roll call of prestige and performance marques: Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes-Maybach and Porsche.
Cars which performed particularly strongly included:
1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III Coupé Originally delivered new to Basel, this matching numbers example of Ferrari's first factory-produced four-seater 'grand tourer' sold for CHF 508,875.
2010 Lamborghini Reventon Roadster. The Italian marque's popularity continued today with this example, one of just 15 produced, achieving CHF 1,955,000.
2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, complete with Factory Hardtop realised CHF 996,425.
1993 Porsche 911 Type 964 Turbo S 'Leichtbau' Coupé was sold for CHF 1,150,000.
James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Chairman, who took today's sale, said: We're delighted with today's results. Not only have we raised a considerable sum for charity, we have also established a world record for selling a Lamborghini at auction.
"It has been a busy month for the motoring team with The Bonmont Sale being our fourth auction in as many weeks. Today's total contributes to September's impressive tally of more than £30 million."
The next Bonhams Motor Car auction will be The Zoute Sale on 11 October 2019.